Chiropractic care is the health maintenance of the spinal column and adjustment of misaligned joints. There are lots of circumstances where chiropractic treatments are used to treat acute and chronic pain, but pregnancy is often one that is dismissed for fear of being unsafe. There are a few instances during pregnancy where chiropractic adjustments should be avoided, such as when the mom-to-be is experiencing placenta previa or abruption, an ectopic pregnancy or moderate to severe toxemia. However, there are many benefits of receiving chiropractic care during this time.
Chiropractors can greatly alleviate uncomfortable changes in the body of a pregnant mother, such as a growing belly resulting in an increased curve of the back. Changes in position of pelvic bones as the body prepares for labor causing misalignment can also be addressed and improved, as well as adaptations to posture.
Studies have shown that 75% of pregnant patients reported pain relief due to regular chiropractic adjustments. Also, treatments designed to reestablish balance and alignment to your pelvis and spine will not only make you feel better, it can be beneficial for your baby as well! How?….
A pelvis that’s out of alignment can restrict the amount of space available to your developing baby. This is called intrauterine constraint, which can lead to birth defects. Misalignment in the hips can make it harder for your baby to move into the proper position for delivery, which is rear facing, head down. In some cases, this could affect a mom-to-be’s birth plan to have a natural delivery. A misaligned pelvis could increase chances of the baby moving into a posterior, or breech position.
Some evidence suggests improved outcomes in labor and delivery for women who have received chiropractic care prenatally. In addition, regular adjustments help mothers-to-be stay healthy and comfortable throughout their entire pregnancy. Chiropractic will also relieve back, neck, hip and joint pain, and even helps control symptoms of nausea.
Bell Family Chiropractic in Knoxville, TN is a great choice for pregnant women wanting to have the best experience up until the birth of their baby.